Hiiiiii. I hope you are doing well. First I want to say that I never want to go that long without blogging again. Writing has always been therapeutic for me and I truly miss it. So here we are, two days in a row because I missed it so much!
Yesterday’s post, I touched on gut inflammation. I have had a ton of it throughout my life, but lately with a lot more stress than I’m used to, working long hours and some not so good diet choices I finally decided to make some changes.
Much of my healing has come from my own intuition and listening to my body. After several doctors failed me, I had to sorta become my own healer by researching and being open minded. Very open minded if I’m being honest. Not to say I’ve done all of this on my own or that I’m feeling 100%, I have a doctor who is also a Functional practitioner and an acupuncturist who is also into Chinese Medicine, in tandem have helped a lot.
Healing chronic illness is no joke, a full time job in itself. Diet, supplements, prescriptions, doctor appointments, acupuncture, physical therapy, juicing, meal prepping, the list goes on. I’m not complaining or looking for sympathy, there are just a lot of components that go into it. In addition to having a full time job, keeping the dog alive and helping my husband who is still recovering from a stroke earlier this year. I put my health first, it takes a lot of effort, but I choose to do it every day and that makes me happy.
One thing I have been wanting to try for awhile now, has been to follow the advice of the Medical Medium and focus on gluten free, vegan diet with primarily fresh fruit & veggies, fresh pressed juices & smoothies. I only had a day or two, but figured I’d go for it.
I didn’t have the energy to make my own juice, so Tuesday I picked up some organic pressed juices from Katie’s Coldpress (#notspon) at the farmers market. Along with fruits & veggies and woke up Wednesday morning very excited to see if I felt a difference throughout the day. Not that one day would make a huge difference, but I enjoy trying new things to see how my body reacts. My system is highly sensitive, so I pretty much know right away how things will go.
Breakfast was cold pressed celery juice that I made that morning, filtered water & 3 bananas. I also took B-12, spirulina, Vitamin C, a shot of aloe juice & NAC – all of my usual morning supplements.
A few hours later I needed more calories, so I had a watermelon/mint juice while I made organic oatmeal with raisins.
Green juice while I made lunch. I try to have fruits & juices before heavier meals for proper food combining.
Lunch was veggie spring rolls with liquid aminos dipping sauce. Also organic grapes & a hot belly comfort tea after.
I went for a 3 mile walk & listened to The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. Also sat in the sand & people watched for a mid walk break. It was lovely.
Dinner was potato tacos…one of my favs! Sauteed with a little EVOO, onion, garlic, peppers, S&P. I used Siete cassava tortillas and topped them with fresh salsa & guac we picked up at the farmers market Tuesday.
My Thoughts: I was amazed at how great I physically felt all day. I honestly didn’t think I’d notice a difference after just one day, but I was happy to be wrong on this one.
I didn’t have any gut pain, reduced bloating, felt light in the afternoon/evening which is usually when I feel bloated & gross, no brain fog, but my energy was low all day. A plant based diet requires a lot more food than I’m used to, so I just think I didn’t have enough calories to support my active lifestyle.
Overall I felt really good, even woke up this morning feeling amazing + wanting to continue eating more plant based. So I did, though I included my daily cup of Earl Grey hot tea with breakfast because it’s something I really love.
Oh and because I get asked….I never label my style of eating because it constantly changes. I just make it a point to eat intuitively. The body knows what it needs, we just have to pay attention.
Okay I’m off to bed so I can get up early and make more green juice. Yippeeeee!